HOW HAPPY AND DRIVEN PEOPLE HAVE IT ALL
Achieve Life Balance Through Clarity of Vision and Purpose
If you’re like many people, the most important things in your life get shoved aside in order to manage your “to-do” list – the things that are urgent, rather than what’s important. When people say, “I don’t have time for my goals right now,” or, “What’s the point of all this anyway?” they’re simply responding to the “synthetic demands” of the moment.
Most people settle for responding to someone else’s purpose. Getting stuck in the synthetic or perceived urgent demands in the moment robs us of achieving a life of meaning and happiness.
“Living a balanced life” has become a cliché’ statement in today’s world. I have to admit that I have personally had to reframe my perceptions of what having a balanced life means to me. I used to think that a balanced life meant that I could have plenty of leisure time, family time, and time for my career. Getting stuck in the synthetic demands of the day moved me away from the belief that “having it all” was ever possible. So, I settled for success in one area of my life and dissatisfaction in the rest.
The way to turn your dreams into reality and live a balanced life is through effective planning. With the RPM Weekly Planning Process, you put your focus back on what matters most and return to your Zone of Fulfillment by focusing on what you’re really after. Then you design a doable yet powerful plan where you take one small step at a time, build momentum, and achieve your results.
IT STARTS WITH THE POWER OF CERTAINTY
Think of something that you desired or dreamed of obtaining and you got. Was it a woman or Man? Was it a new Ferrari? Was is a house on the beach? Or maybe it wasn’t anything as grand as that. Perhaps it was a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.
Pick something for yourself and recount how you obtained it. More than likely, it started with an image that popped into your mind. You then became purpose-driven and took action to get it.
What if you had your life’s vision clearly expressed in your mind and you focused on it on a regular basis? Maybe those urgent or synthetic demands would lose their importance.
I altered my perception of what a balanced life was when I shifted my focus to my ultimate vision and purpose. I could then see how the failure of others to properly plan and execute their lives would impact my life and knock me off balance. I also reduced the time I was escaping from the reality that wasn’t fun.
Today, my driving force is my ultimate vision; my ultimate purpose became the passion in relentlessly pursuing goals that would get me to a balanced life. I envisioned what I really wanted and categorized my personal and business lives and created daily, weekly, 90 day, and yearly outcomes.
The planning process is firmly rooted in my vision and purpose of my life.
IDENTIFY YOUR DRIVING FORCE
Put on some background music, get into a peak state of anticipation, and write a paragraph that describes your Ultimate Vision and your Ultimate Purpose for your life.
Ask yourself these ultimate vision questions and then write your personal vision statement.
• Who do I want to be?
• What do I want my life to stand for?
• What do I want from my life?
• What do I want to accomplish?
• Where do I want to go?
• What do I want to give?
• What do I want to create?
• What results do I want my life to reflect?
Ask yourself these ultimate purpose questions and then write your purpose statement.
• Why do I want this for my life?
• What’s the purpose of my life?
• What’s my true mission?
• What emotions really drive me?
• Why was I put here on this planet?
• Why do I want to be this kind of person?
• What will it give me?
• How will it make me feel?
DOES ALL OF THIS SEEM UNATTAINABLE?
The difference between living a life of meaning and purpose can be a 2.5mm shift in thinking. Performance-oriented people like to win. Getting executive coaching will help you to advance your leadership skills in defining the what, the why, and help you to achieve your bigger vision. You can live a balanced, happy life and you don’t have to do it on your own.
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